Don’t Be Scared!

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Do you dread Mondays? 

Do you struggle to get out of bed each morning to get ready for work?  Are you miserable at work every day?  Do you count down the hours and minutes eagerly awaiting “quittin'” time?  Do you complain about your job on a regular basis?  Are you frequently snapping at your kids and family over nothing?  Then it might be time to find a new gig! 

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These are all too familiar signs that it is time to move on.  How do I know?  Because I have been there, done that, have a tshirt AND should right a book about it.  Thankfully, I finally did something different and made a change.  But, you know what took me so long (more than 10 years) to make that change?  I was SCARED! 

Scared that:

● I couldn’t make the same kind of money in a career I actually enjoyed.

● our finances couldn’t handle a significant pay cut.

● the grass wasn’t greener on the other side.

● I would make the wrong choice and regret leaving a job that, if nothing else, I was comfortable with and knew what to expect, even if I hated it.

● that my husband would say, “I told you so.” for leaving a “good job” for a bad one.

“In Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study, 70 percent of those who participated described themselves as “disengaged” from their work.

Of over 150,000 people surveyed only 30 percent admitted they honestly enjoy their job and their bosses. Those who show up but are less than thrilled about it — or “disengaged — made up the biggest category at 52 percent of workers. The remaining 18 percent are people actively disengaged — those who vocally express their discontent in the workplace.”

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After getting my husband’s support to find another job, I hit the ground running.  I had already done the research on the type of job I wanted to pursue next.  I hopped on Indeed and got to searching.  Once I found my “dream job” (at the time)  I was able to put in my resignation within 30 days.  It all happened so fast I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. 

Interestingly enough, that’s the job where I met Kristen, my blogging partner and co-founder of MommyWurk.com.  She hired me! 😆  You never know what lies on the “the other side” until you go for it.  Disclaimer: I prayed throughout my job search process that I would only be able to continue if it was God’s will.  I didn’t want another job that I had chosen for myself that would end up being a bad fit. And I also realized throughout my career journey, that the job I had become miserable in prepared me for success in my new dream job.

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The moral of the story:  If you are so miserable in your job that it has started to suck the life out of you, seek God for guidance and make a change.  Don’t be scared!

We would love to hear your career change stories!  Maybe they will encourage and inspire others to make a much needed change.

Until next time-

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

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